Q: Coronavirus Scare Plus Stock Market Crash: What Can I Do? Print

With the world in a panic, what do you recommend for a confused and worried senior trying to make plans for springtime travel? JRMcK, San Antonio TX

A: The first impulse may be to hide under your bed and hope it will all go away soon. Seriously, more practical and economic ways may be to plan a driving trip to the Grand Canyon or a U.S. seashore destination. One positive part of the confused economy now is that gasoline prices are dropping dramatically.

Airline, cruise and hotel prices are also less because of loss of business due to the coronavirus panic and cancellations. If you’re determined to travel, check on some of the best bargains in years. However, be aware and take care of personal cleanliness and safety when you’re on the road, at sea and in the air.